Dennis Richardson (diplomat)

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Dennis Richardson
AO
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Richardson, pictured as the Australian Ambassador to the United States
Secretary of the Department of Defence
Incumbent
Assumed office
18 October 2012
Preceded by Duncan Lewis
Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
In office
January 2010 – 18 October 2012
Preceded by Michael L'Estrange
Succeeded by Peter Varghese
Australian Ambassador to the United States
In office
2005–2010
Preceded by Michael Thawley
Succeeded by Kim Beazley
10th Director-General of Security
In office
11 October 1996 – 27 May 2005
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by David Sadleir
Succeeded by Paul O'Sullivan
Personal details
Born Dennis James Richardson
(1947-05-14) 14 May 1947 (age 67)
Kempsey, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Spouse(s) Betty Richardson
Alma mater University of Sydney (BA hons)
Profession Diplomat
public servant

Dennis James Richardson AO (born 14 May 1947 in Kempsey, New South Wales)[1] is an Australian public servant and former diplomat. Richardson is currently the Secretary of the Department of Defence, since 18 October 2012.

Background and career[edit]

Richardson attended The University of Sydney where he received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (1965–68).[2]

Richardson was employed in the Australian foreign service, was a Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister, and Head of the Review of the Intelligence Community. He held various roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (1993–96), and Director-General of Security of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation from October 1996.

He was previously Australian Ambassador to the United States of America (2005–10) and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2010–12).[3] While Australian Ambassador to the US, he visited all 50 states; instead of flying to all the states—except for Hawaii—he and his wife drove. In just about every place, he says they were made welcome by the American people.[4]

In 2003, Richardson was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the community in a range of public policy areas including foreign policy, immigration and security.[5]

Personal[edit]

Richardson is married to Betty, and has two children.[2]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Thawley
Australian Ambassador to the United States
2005–2010
Succeeded by
Kim Beazley
Government offices
Preceded by
David Sadleir
Director-General of Security
1996–2005
Succeeded by
Paul O'Sullivan
Preceded by
Michael L'Estrange
Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Peter Varghese
Preceded by
Duncan Lewis
Secretary of the Department of Defence
2012–present
Incumbent